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APD adopts transgender interaction policies

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has established new policies for officer interaction with people who are transgender or intersex.

Police Chief George Turner said the policies will go into effect at the end of November, which gives officers time to be trained on them.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called the new policies "another step forward in our efforts to celebrate diversity."

"I commend the Atlanta Police Department for their commitment to equal and respectful treatment of Atlanta's transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals, citizens and visitors," Reed said.

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Some highlights of the new guidelines include:

* Treating transgender/intersex people in a manner appropriate to the gender with which they identify

Bats invading: How to keep them out of your house

Bats invading: How to keep them out of your house

ATLANTA -- Friday's wet weather wasn't ideal for climbing ladders. But Richard Wallace and his team had no choice. Bats have invaded a Buckhead home.

"It's something that needs to be addressed immediately," said Wallace with Urban Wildlife Control.

A colony of at least 40 bats is living in the attic. Which means it's only a matter of time before they invade the rest of the house.

Georgia law states that the bats can't be killed. Instead they have to be removed.

As Richard shows 11Alive's Ryan Kruger, the process is pretty low tech but it can be dangerous.

"It can be done by the homeowner if they're willing to take the risk. Rabies shots are about $5,000," Wallace said.

He would know. In his 14 years in the industry, Wallace has had the series of rabies shots three different times.

Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Fire Rescue Department will be holding several events throughout the community in observance of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Join Fulton County Fire Rescue at one of the following events to learn more about smoke alarms and fire safety:

Fulton voters can request absentee ballots through Oct. 31

Fulton voters can request absentee ballots through Oct. 31

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Some Fulton County voters may prefer to vote absentee by mail. To request an absentee ballot, registered voters may fax or mail a written request or go online to request an absentee ballot application. Voters can vote absentee by mail for any reason. Citizens can request an absentee ballot through Friday, Oct. 31. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

A request letter should include the name and date of the election, the voter’s name, address as registered, date of birth and the voter’s signature. The letter can be faxed to 404-730-8839 or mailed to Fulton County Voter Registration, Attn: Absentee Ballot, 130 Peachtree Street SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303. Absentee ballots may also be requested in person at one of the three Fulton County Government centers:

Man hit on Interstate 85 near North Druid Hills Road

ATLANTA -- A man walking on the side of Interstate 85 was struck by a vehicle Tuesday morning.

The incident took place near North Druid Hills Road at around 5:18 a.m.

According to authorities, the man was "staggering" on the shoulder of the highway. The vehicle that hit the man stayed on the scene.

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The condition of the man is unknown. He has been transported to a local hospital.

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

Fulton County Youth Commission to kick off Can-Paign food drive

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Youth Commissioners will kick off their sixth “Can-Paign to Fight Hunger” on Monday, Oct. 6 to help feed hungry adults and children.

The campaign, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB) has a goal of filling 50 barrels of non-perishable food by Nov. 7. Each barrel holds enough food to feed an average of 285 families, totaling over 14,250 individuals.

The continuing partnership with the ACFB focuses on the need to fill overwhelming gaps in food security for adults, seniors and/or families whose heads of households are unemployed, underemployed or living on fixed incomes that do not meet all of their economic needs.

The ACFB Hunger in America Study reports the following:

• Among all ACFB clients, 27 percent are children under age 18 and 19 percent are seniors age 60 and older.

AC Hotels by Marriott to arrive at Phipps Plaza

AC Hotels by Marriott to arrive at Phipps Plaza

ATLANTA -- Simon and Noble Investment Group announced a joint venture which will bring the acclaimed AC Hotels by Marriott brand to Phipps Plaza.

Inspired by the runways and fashion houses of Milan, AC Hotels by Marriott is an upper moderate tier lifestyle brand within the Marriott International, Inc. global collection of 18 brands. With “Feel the City” as its creative inspiration, the brand features simple, clean and crisp lines, marrying sophisticated European style with approachable design for a distinct and modern feel.

Located at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Wieuca Road and adjacent to Nordstrom at Phipps Plaza, the AC by Marriott Buckhead will be the brand's first hotel in Atlanta, and is scheduled to open in January 2016.